New Delhi: Not known to many, India-Georgia relationship goes back to ancient times. Many Georgian travellers, missionaries and traders had visited India during the medieval period. No matter how minuscule the bilateral ties look today, both countries have a history together.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, India was among the first countries to recognise Georgia as an independent state. Since then, both countries have taken slow and gradual steps towards strengthening bilateral ties. The Georgian embassy in India got functional in 2009 while India is yet to start its resident mission in Georgia.
When ETV Bharat spoke to Georgia's envoy to India, Archil Dzuliashvili, regarding the slow diplomatic progress between both the countries, he said, "We are trying our best to enhance cooperation in all fields."
Showing a replica of a map designed by Georgian traveller Rafail Danibegashvili, Dzuliashvili called it a proof of the centuries-old trade partnership between both countries. Adding further, he said, 'we want to re-establish trade links between both countries with a modern touch, new understanding and of course modern technology.' When asked about the status of the Free Trade Agreement for which both countries conducted a joint feasibility study, the Georgian Ambassador said that talks between both governments are underway and very soon it will yield some result.
Hailing Civil Aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, Archil Dzuliashvili even claimed that direct flights between both countries are like to be operationalised since 2020. Congratulating Prime Minister Modi on his election victory, Georgian ambassador said, 'we would be very delighted if honourable Prime Minister visits us and enjoys our hospitality.'